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Welcome to our blog, where you'll find lots of resources to help you keep up with our plans to make disciples of Jesus in Cameroon, Africa. We are Richie and Tabitha Rice, and it's our passion to see Jesus Christ glorified as we seek to translate God's Word and equip indigenous leaders. We're currently in the midst of support raising, with the goal of finishing by Spring 2018. If you're a Christian and God has given you resources to support missions, would you prayerfully consider supporting us? You can view our Support Raising page to see how your money will be stewarded, click here to give online (fill out the Workers section), or contact us for more information. If you're new here, this video is a great place to start. Also, be sure to check out all the great stuff in the sidebar. Thanks for visiting!


The Babe of Bethlehem and the Babes of Cameroon: Jesus Became a Man to Sanctify Man

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As we meditate on the incarnation of Jesus Christ this Christmas, it is good to remember all that he came to accomplish in his life, death, resurrection, and ascension 2,000 years ago. For many, remembering Jesus' humble birth in a barn is awkward because they haven't done so since last Christmas. For others, it's a joyful time of refreshing reflection as we remember that the immortal God put on mortal flesh so that by his death he could save all who would believe in him from the penalty and power of sin. And that's a glorious, worship-inspiring, God-glorifying thing to do.


More Than Just Justified
But it doesn't come as natural for us to remember that Jesus came not only to secure our justification, but also our sanctification. Do we remember that the effects of the incarnation had a worldwide scope, not to mention a cosmological one? You may know that the gospel will reach every tribe and tongue, but have you ever considered the fact that the baby born in Bethleh…

Could You Be Our Next Teammate?

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As I look forward to serving Jesus by investing in the men leading his church in Cameroon, I feel a deep sense of humility and excitement. Who is sufficient for such work? Who am I to take part in the King's expansion of his sovereign rule over the hearts of men? God is immeasurably kind and gracious. And as if this wasn't enough, he's provided an incredible team of godly co-workers. But we will be small in number. 
Now, God does amazing and impossible things, and he needs no outside resources. He spoke creation into existence and authored the salvation of mankind before anything or anyone existed. He killed the warrior Goliath through the sling and stone of David the shepherd boy. He defeated 120,000 Midianite soldiers with 300 Israelites. He defeated death when Christ rose from the dead.He will finally and decisively destroy sin and Satan when Christ returns. And in the meantime, the Lord Jesus Christ can and will build his church among all nations of the earth. He does…

Learn and Rejoice: God, The Hupla Bible, and Missions

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This video from Mission Aviation Fellowship features the presentation of the complete Bible to the Hupla people of Papua, Indonesia, translated into their heart language. God's Word is for every tribe and tongue! This is glorious!

A few things to note:

1. One of the men of the Hupla tribe was eager to read the Bible in his heart language to understand it on a deeper level. Learning a local language, codifying it, and teaching literacy to the indigenous people are often necessary components of Bible translation. Why would someone go through so much trouble, especially when producing a new translation can take over 20 years? Why not just teach them read English? This is why, and it's worth it! Translating the Bible into the heart language communicates God's love for every tongue (compare this with Islam, which teaches you must know Arabic to read the Qu'ran), and it allows his people to understand him on a deeper level.

 2. The translator hoped that local theologians wo…